LODGING: A 4-night stay at the Guest House Retreat Center in Chester CT, which has lovely B&B-style rooms. REGISTRATION is on Friday Sept 3 (2021) at 1 pm and CHECKOUT is on Tuesday Sept 7 (2021) at 10 am.
MEALS: Three healthy, delicious expertly-prepared meals each day, including great vegetarian options. Friday dinner through Tuesday breakfast is included.
TUITION includes all of this and more:
Songwriting classes each day, led by some of America's premiere touring singer-songwriters
Elective classes each day, covering topics related to songwriting, such as performance, guitar, vocals, and the business side of music
Small class size, lots of individual attention
One-on-one coaching from members of our team of excellent Instructors
Opportunities for live performance in a professional listening room setting
Lots of networking and fun with other aspiring musicians all weekend long
Late-night song circles all weekend long
A sweet bag of swag, including a nice journal
A pizza party on closing night (Monday night)
Prices are ALL-INCLUSIVE and include Tuition, Lodging, Meals, Facility fees, Taxes, etc.
PRIVATE ROOM: $1400 per person
SHARED DOUBLE ROOM: $1200 per person
SHARED TRIPLE ROOM: $1100 per person
FULL-TIME COMMUTER: $800 per person (does not include Tuesday breakfast)
Please note: If you are a PIONEER (meaning you attended NESR I in 2016), you get a $100 discount off the above prices :)
Please note: There will no longer be a one-day Commuter option, as it’s become clear that immersion in the full weekend provides the best experience for everyone.
Enrollment will be announced in January 2021:
-Here on this website
-On Facebook (NESR Page and NESR Group)
-Via email (subscribe to the mailing list below)
If Guest House or NESR cancels, you will receive a full refund.
If YOU cancel, the following refunds apply:
Cancel by June 3: Full refund
Cancel by July 3: 50% refund
Cancel by August 3: 25% refund
Cancel after August 3: No refund
Q: What if I'm brand new to songwriting?
A: No problem - we'd love to have you! Students' experience ranges from never having written a song to having written many dozens. All are welcome and encouraged.
Q: What if I'm brand new to playing guitar?
A: Again, no problem - we'd love to have you! Most Students bring a guitar to the Retreat and experience ranges from true beginner to advanced. All are welcome and encouraged.
Q: What if piano is my main instrument?
A: No problem - we'd love to have you! A handful of Students (maybe 10%) play piano instead of guitar. While we will make every effort to provide multiple keyboards at the Retreat, please bring an electronic keyboard if piano is your main instrument.
Q: What if I don't play an instrument at all?
A: The great majority of Students do bring a guitar to the Retreat, and it's a very helpful tool for songwriting. However, of course it's possible to write songs without an instrument in hand, so we'd love to have you.
Q: Can I bring my spouse, who would not be taking classes?
A: We're happy to accommodate. Please email Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org for details and prices.
Q: Is it fun?